Trump says China-North Korea oil sale will prevent nuclear solution

Laura Christensen
December 29, 2017

The South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo cited unidentified officials this week as saying Chinese ships transferred oil to North Korean vessels some 30 times since October.

The same photos released at the time were used by South Korean outlets in recent reports.

While Russia exports some oil to North Korea, China is the main source of oil for the rogue nation, according to Reuters.

China earlier on Thursday denied there had been United Nations sanction-breaking oil sales by Chinese ships to North Korea.

Despite softening his stance towards Beijing in an effort to secure more assistance on issue areas relating to the Korean Peninsula, Trump has listed China among key threats to the USA and global security in his new national security strategy. And he describes the country as "sort of wacko".

U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday said he was "very disappointed that China is allowing oil to go into North Korea" and that such moves would prevent "a friendly solution" to the crisis over Pyongyang's nuclear program.

It was not immediately clear if Trump was referring to the report or U.S. intelligence in his tweet, or if he was accusing China - the North's main ally - of directly violating sanctions targeting Pyongyang. There will never be a friendly solution to the North Korea problem if this continues to happen!

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The US-drafted resolution bans the supply of almost 75 percent of refined oil products to North Korea, puts a cap on crude deliveries and orders North Korean nationals working overseas to be sent back by the end of 2019.

In September, the Security Council put a cap of 2 million barrels a year on refined petroleum products exports to North Korea.

China has been caught red-handed illegally selling oil to North Korea, thanks to USA spy satellites, which captured images of the deals roughly 30 times since October.

The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment on that report.

On Dec. 15, Trump said Russian Federation - another significant trading partner with North Korea - had failed to help, while China had.

China has repeatedly said it is fully enforcing all resolutions against North Korea, despite suspicion in Washington, Seoul and Tokyo that loopholes still exist.

The Treasury statement came alongside the announcement of a series of sanctions against a range of North Korean entities and individuals.

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